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Federal Funding for Early Learning and Child Care

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On August 13, 2021, the Government of Saskatchewan and the Government of Canada signed two agreements:

  1. Canada-Saskatchewan Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement 
  2. Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Early Learning and Child Care Agreement, which includes a one-time workforce development funding in 2021-22.

 

Canada-Saskatchewan Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement 

This historic $1.1-billion agreement will support an early learning and child care system in Saskatchewan based on the following principles:

Four-year Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Early Learning and Child Care Agreement

Saskatchewan also signed the 2021-2025, four-year $68.5 million extension of the Canada-Saskatchewan Bilateral Early Learning and Child Care Agreement including an additional $17.2-million workforce funding in 2021-22. The key actions in 2021-22 will include the following:

  • Accessibility – Expand access to high quality child care programs (includes Family Resource Centres)
  • Inclusivity – Opportunities for preschool aged children experiencing disability
  • Minority language inclusion – Francophone early learning and child care
  • Quality – Enhance early learning and child care experiences for children
  • Administration – Support the ongoing operations of investments under the Agreement.

 

Workforce Development Funding

The one-time workforce development funding in 2021-22 will include:

  • Increased support for Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) – a one-time enhancement to the operational funding child care centres receive to allow child care centres to enhance wages of certified ECEs;
  • Building a qualified workforce – Investments in formal education that leads to an ECE I, II, or III; and
  • Continuous professional learning and skills enhancement – Development and delivery of opportunities to support the professional learning needs and interests of the licensed child care sector.

 

Results and Reports

The previous bilateral agreements (2017-18 to 2020-21) between the Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan helped support Saskatchewan children get the best start in life. The agreements allocated just over $56 million, over four years, to Saskatchewan for early learning and child care investments.

The full 2017-2020 and the 2020-21 agreements are available through the Government of Canada.

As committed to under the Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning and Child Care Agreement, Saskatchewan will annually report the results and expenditures of the early learning and child care programs and services developed through the agreements.

Investments through the Agreements have resulted in more child care options, new programming options that allow for greater access and flexibility for families and improved quality in our early learning and childcare sector. The funding supported the creation of:

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1. New Licensed Child Care Spaces

Saskatchewan has partnered with federal early learning and child care priorities to create 1,295 new child care centre spaces for children under six.

Allocation of spaces support holistic child development. Communities with a high need for child care and organizations emphasizing child care services for families and children experiencing vulnerability were prioritized. The intention of the organization to offer flexible child care arrangements or support Indigenous or new Canadian families was an additional consideration.

Additional information on developing child care centres may be found on the Start a Licensed Child Care Centre page.

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2. Licensed Family Child Care Home Spaces

The Government of Saskatchewan is supporting the increase of licensed family child care homes. This will not only increase availability of child care for families across the province, but create employment opportunities for those interested in caring for children within their homes.

Learn more about becoming a licensed family child care home provider.

Apply to become a licensed family child care provider.

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3. Family Resource Centres

Saskatchewan has partnered with the federal government to create ten new family resource centres in seven communities – The Battlefords, La Ronge, Meadow Lake, Moose Jaw, Nipawin, Prince Albert, Regina, Sandy Bay, Saskatoon and Yorkton. 

The centres offer expert advice on a variety of topics from how to connect with your children, to how to stimulate your child's development. They provide interactive activities for babies and toddlers and support groups where young parents can share their experiences with others and seek advice.

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4. Early Learning Intensive Support Program

Saskatchewan has supported inclusive early learning and child care opportunities for young children requiring intensive supports by creating Early Learning Intensive Support (ELIS) Program. ELIS builds on the strength of existing Prekindergarten programs by expanding access for children who require a significant level of support.

More information is available in the Early Learning Intensive Support Program brochure.

You can apply through your local school division:

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5. Children Communicating, Connecting and in Community

Funding has been provided to create early learning opportunities for preschool aged children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Read more about the Children Communicating, Connecting and in Community program.

You can apply directly to Regina Public Schools or Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.

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6. Literacy for Young Children

More than $2 million has been invested in new resources to support language and literacy initiatives for children aged six and under across the province.

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7. Training and Equipment Grants

Funding has been provided to enhance the quality of early learning and child care experiences for children in licensed child care by providing training for early learning and child care providers, and grants for Play and Exploration and Active Play.

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